Why Dry Brine Works Best for Turkeys: Thanksgiving Series

Dry brine is a no mess, no fuss technique that makes the turkey flesh so juicy and moist, as it breaks up the bird protein.  Compared to brine solution, dry brine takes half the time whether to prepare or to apply on the turkey. 

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Loaded Dark Chocolate Bark

This chocolate bark studded with toasted pistachios, almonds, and cranberries are easy-to-make, healthy snack, mood booster, and a decadent vegan treat.

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Orange Cranberry Sauce: A scrumptious addition to my holiday repertoire

Orange Cranberry Sauce is the easiest holiday sauce that is ready in no less than twenty minutes with ingredients that you probably have in your fridge. Given its vibrant, festive color and fresh flavors, Orange Cranberry Sauce is a scrumptious addition to your holiday table.

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Egyptian Pumpkin-Milk Pudding: Hanna’s Recipe

Egyptian Pumpkin-Milk Pudding is a dish that hails from Egypt and exists in different variations. This recipe credit goes to Hanna, my parents loveliest Egyptian neighbor who is a seasoned cook in her own right. I left Egypt over twelve years ago, nonetheless, I vividly and fondly remember the taste of Hanna’s Pumpkin-Milk Pudding dish […]

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Brine & Compound Butter: Powerful PREP for a glorious BIRD

Turkey is infamous for being dry and bland, but those who spread the rumors haven’t tried the two most powerful flavor arsenals. Nothing leads to a perfectly tender and flavorful turkey other than brine and compound butter.  This is a pretty bold statement to make, I know. Yet, it is a conclusive one, based on […]

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The Art of Forging Bonds Through Culinary Diplomacy: Episode #031 of The Storied Recipe Podcast

Recently, Becky Hadid, the talented food photographer/blogger, and seasoned host of  The Storied Recipe Podcast reached out, asking me to share with her audience my journey with food and diplomacy.

It is the story that started in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, Egypt, and then in Cairo where I studied political science to lead after the most extraordinary life across five continents.

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